Full on lips need a little bit of fussing…
Just as the wind tunnel look of one too many lifts is a dead giveaway, overblown lips can be spotted a mile away. Great lips should be sultry, subtle and sexy, but most definitely not scary.
Make the most of what nature gave you by keeping your lips primed and smooth, so fine lines around the edges are diminished, and color stays put. Lips thin out, lose their pretty pink color, and begin to disappear right before your eyes if you’re not careful. Fine lines around the lips are a real giveaway for smokers. Lip glosses and glazes are divine, but they only look great if your lips are in peak condition from the start. The older your lips are, the bigger infusion of moisture they crave. The best way to look after your pout is with exfoliation and mega hydration.
Start with a primer like Paula Dorf Perfect Illusion. The silicone perfectly plumps the lips so fine lines and wrinkles soften, and stops lipstick from feathering and bleeding, and paraffin spackles in fine lines.
To give lips staying power, blot on a bit of your foundation before applying color.
If a liner is your bag, always use one that matches your lip color, definitely not darker. (This look can be very low-class if it isn’t carried out elegantly.) Play up the sensuous curves of your mouth by drawing slightly over the natural lip line. if you want your lipstick to last, use pencil first as a base, then outline and color in your lips with pencil and apply lipstick or gloss over. Chanel Creme Gloss Lumiere can be brushed on and lasts for hours without creeping.
Cheat a little by drawing slightly above the lip liner, but don’t add color to the highlighted area.
Use a lip brush for more precision to fill in inside the lines. Apply lip color evenly in a gentle sweep with minimal pressure. Shu Uemura Sable Wool Lip Brush is perfectly flat and oval for shaping.
Add a touch of shimmery gloss to reflect light and give a fuller appearance of the top lip. Laura Mercier Lip Glace comes in a clear squared off wand that glides over lipstick or on its own to give a rich shiny look.
Use more gloss on the middle of the bottom lip to accentuate your sultry pout. I tend to use an effervescent pinky shade of MAC gloss for this very purpose.
If your lipstick tends to creep outside the line, go for matte lipsticks that usually stay in place longer than creamier formulas.
After applying, blot, then brush translucent powder lightly over lips to set the color.
You may want to try a pale gloss like Bobbi Brown Lip Tint SPF15 with a hint of shiny color and peppermint flavored. Ahhh.
And a parting piece of advice…always double check your teeth for tell-tale lipstick stains before you bounce out the front door.